Month: May 2017

Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

For my Breastfeeding Educator Certification I had to write an article on a topic related to breastfeeding. I chose to write about breastfeeding in the NICU because of the pressure I felt as I was breastfeeding my oldest during his stay in a Level IV NICU.  Breastfeeding in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be extremely challenging. Not only does the baby have … Read More Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

My views on the abortion debate- not so much the procedure itself- changed forever when I found out that a friend of mine had an abortion. She had been engaged and was pregnant when she found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her, using drugs and had a criminal history. She wanted to place the baby for adoption, but the slimeball said he … Read More Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

The last twenty years have not been kind to Louis Pasteur. He ordered that his laboratory notebooks be withheld from outsiders, but in the 1970’s one of his heirs left them to the Bibilotheque Nationale in Paris. In the mid-1990’s a researcher from Princeton went through the notebooks and then wrote a book on what he found. Since then embarrassing revelation after embarrassing revelation … Read More Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

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Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

Sometimes I get the impression that people think breastfeeding is like a rare orchid that can only bloom under the most precise conditions. Like in order to successfully breastfeed you have to be a middle-class white woman who doesn’t work outside the home with a full-term, singleton pregnancy and uncomplicated natural birth of a baby who has no problems. This is, in fact, false. … Read More Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

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Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine

We’ve all been through different diets to try and eat healthy. Vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten-free, paleo and the list goes on… Some people see phenomenal results with one way of eating while others see little to no change. It used to be a big mystery to me. But the more I’ve studied the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on diet, the more I understand. … Read More Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune chronicles humanity’s interstellar civilization thousands of years into the future. (If you read it, you’ll notice more than a few similarities between Dune  and Star Wars: A New Hope. George Lucas was very inspired by Dune and his initial versions of Star Wars were more of a reworking of it. Once he used a little more Force and a little less spice, the whole thing really … Read More The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence

Have you ever noticed that parents get an awful lot of education about Shaken Baby Syndrome? We’re told all the time never to shake our babies- though any other form of abuse is rarely talked about. Have you ever stopped to ask why shaking is such an issue rather than just child abuse in general? It’s actually a rather strange story. Shaken Baby Syndrome … Read More Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence